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Houston Marathon Committee ®

FAQ

All runners participating in the Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason Program will be eligible for our top fundraisers awards. Funds raised before Feb. 1, 2022, will be counted toward the total donation amount of your 2022 Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason fundraising campaign.

Jan. 15, 2023

Jan. 14, 2024

The Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022.

The We Are Houston 5K presented by Aramco and Chevron will take place on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022.

Click here for Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon and We Are Houston 5K presented by Aramco and Chevron.

When you deferred your registration during the cancellation options period for the 2021 event, that guaranteed you a complementary entry for either the 2022 or 2023 event.

Guaranteed registration opens May 1, 2021. You will have priority access to register for the 2022 event!

If you do not wish to run with us in 2022 for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Chevron Houston Marathon, you will be contacted when registration opens for the 2023 Houston Marathon Weekend of Events and have the option to register for 2023 at that time.

Yes! If you selected the Go Virtual option during the cancellations options period, you may register during the guaranteed registration window at a special discounted price.

Chevron Houston Marathon – $75

Aramco Houston Half Marathon – $65

The Houston Marathon Health & Fitness EXPO presented by Houston Methodist is home to Packet Pick-Up for all Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon, We Are Houston 5K, and Run for a Reason participants – and is FREE and open to the public. So bring your friends and family to join in the fun!

George R. Brown Convention Center,  3rd Floor Entrance through Hall B

  • Friday, Jan. 14, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 15, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Each participant will receive a final confirmation for packet pick-up sent via email (if you provided a valid email address during registration). You will need to bring a government-issued photo ID and an electronic or printed copy of your confirmation to the EXPO to pick up your packet. A photo ID  is not required for children 17 and under. There is no packet pick-up the morning of the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon. If you do not pick up your packet at the EXPO, you will not be able to run in your race. Packets will NOT be mailed.

Each participant will receive a final confirmation sent via email (if you provided a valid email address during registration).

Be sure to check your spam folder for the confirmation email.

Bring a government-issued photo ID and an electronic or printed copy of your confirmation to the EXPO to pick up your packet. A photo ID is not required for children 17 and under. A confirmation reprint will also be available on our website in early January, if you do not receive the email.

There is no packet pick-up on the morning of the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Packet pick-up will be held at the Houston Marathon Health & Fitness EXPO presented by Houston Methodist.

If you do not pick up your packet at the EXPO, you will not be able to run in your race. Packets will NOT be mailed.

There WILL be race day packet pick-up for the We Are Houston 5K presented by Aramco and Chevron on Jan. 15, 2022.

Yes, but participants may only pick up ONE participant packet in addition to their own. There is a designated area on your final confirmation that allows you to release your packet to someone else. Your friend will need to bring a hard copy of your final confirmation with your signature in the designated area along with a printed or electronic copy of your government-issued photo identification in order to retrieve your packet.  A photo ID is not required for children 17 and under.

Participants are limited to picking up a packet for ONE additional participant.  Those picking up for a child 17 and under may pick up more than one additional packet. No group pick-up will be allowed.

You will be notified of your assigned bib number when you receive your final confirmation via email in early January.

Runners may request for front corral seeding by entering a verified time with proof during the registration process or they may add it to their participant account after registering until the deadline listed below.  

Deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 30,  2021

All time standards are listed below and must comply with the following rules.

      • You must add your qualifying time during registration
      • Only the distances included below will be accepted
        • Marathon
        • Half Marathon
        • 10K
      • Time must have been run on or after January 1, 2019
      • All submissions will be reviewed and verified
      • Verification will be based on official chip time
      • Road race times only; no track times or triathlon times will be accepted
      • Race must be a USATF or foreign equivalent certified course with online race results
Qualifying Time Standards for Front Corral Seeding
Gender Age Group Marathon Half Marathon 10K
Male & Female OPEN (all ages)* 4:00:00 1:56:00 0:52:00

You will be notified of your corral assignment via email prior to the event.

Yes. Entrants who are assigned to different corrals but wish to start together may do so. If your friend was placed in a corral behind yours, then you are welcome to forego your assignment and join them in the other corral. Entrants may move back to another corral, but not forward.

Marathon and half marathon finisher merchandise will be handed out in the GRB after the Sunday races. All finishers will receive a medal after crossing the finish line. Marathon and half marathon runners will use the “finisher shirt” ticket attached to the bottom of their bibs to claim their finisher shirt. Marathon finishers will also receive a glass beer stein. 5K finisher merchandise will be handed out after the Saturday race.

Finishers that were registered for both the 5K and marathon or half marathon will receive a third medal. The medals will be located inside the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall E, following the start of the Sunday races. After the race, please present your marathon or half marathon medal and verify your name to receive your Houston Double medal.

Yes! The Boston Marathon accepts qualifying times from the Chevron Houston Marathon. Qualifying times for the Boston Marathon vary by age group. Click here for a complete breakdown of qualifying times. The Houston Marathon Committee will send a complete list of finishers to the BAA about a week after the race.

You can make updates to your participant information by logging into your participant account. Please note that the deadline to make address updates is Dec. 22, 2021.

 

 

Per USATF rules, gun time is used to determine prize money winners and time bonus recipients. Tag time (chip time) will be used to determine all age-group winners and other award recipients.

Awards are given to the top three male and female finishers in each race for the following age categories: 11 and under (half marathon & 5K only), 12-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.

To qualify as an award category, there must be at least three participants registered.

There will be no awards ceremony. All age group awards will be mailed following the event.

All Houston Marathon Committee event fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event you are unable to participate, for any reason, you will not receive a refund.

The Houston Marathon Committee is a not-for-profit organization and has a strict no refund policy. All participants are required to acknowledge they have read and agree to the no refund policy listed on our website by selecting the “I understand the no refund policy” check box and by signing the participant waiver when completing their registration form. Please feel free to contact us with additional questions.

Participants will not be able to cancel their registrations. The Houston Marathon Committee operates with a strict No Refunds or Transfer policy. By registering for an event hosted by the Houston Marathon Committee you understand that the race entry fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable. You agree if you are unable to participate in this event, for any reason, the Houston Marathon Committee will not issue any refunds. Every registrant must agree to this clause by reviewing and acknowledging the participant waiver during the registration process.

No, the Houston Marathon does not allow the transfer of registrations.

Registered runners who give their bib to another person and the person to whom the bib is given will be disqualified and prohibited from participating in subsequent Houston Marathon events for a minimum of two years.

Switch Categories (i.e Races)

If you are registered for the marathon or half marathon, for a fee, you may switch to a different race category (i.e. from the marathon to the half marathon or 5K, or from the half marathon to the marathon or 5K). All switches must be completed by the deadline listed below.*

Deadlines:

  • June 2, 2021 – Oct. 31, 2021: $20, plus the difference between what you paid for the half marathon and marathon – if switching up
  • Nov. 1, 2021 – Jan. 3, 2022 @ 12 pm: $40, plus the difference between what you paid for the half marathon and marathon – if switching up

Instructions: Log in to your participant account (Click Here), select registration options on the bottom right of the screen, select “Switch Categories” and complete the process.

*If a participant does not switch their race by the deadline and runs a different race then they are registered for on race day, their results will be ineligible to be scored.

5K participants may not switch up to the marathon or half marathon.

If a participant is caught cheating, they will be disqualified and prohibited from participating in Houston Marathon events for a minimum of 2 years.

Yes. Military discounts are available for active and retired U.S. military personnel. This offer is not available for dependents. Please email the Houston Marathon Committee prior to registering at marathon@houstonmarathon.com for additional information.

Discounts will be offered to Marathon and Half Marathon participants only.

The Houston Marathon Committee will not issue refunds for the military discount once you have registered.

The Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason program is a charity campaign that happens in conjunction with the Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon and We Are Houston 5K.  Money raised through the Run for a Reason program goes to the official charities.

Runners can donate to a Chevron Houston Marathon official charity during the registration process or by visiting the Run for a Reason page.

Both participants and non-participants may create their own fundraising pages, donate to someone else’s donation page, or make a donation directly to the official charity of their choice from the Run for a Reason page. Please note that creating a fundraising page does not register you for our races.

Yes! The Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason charity program offers alternative ways to enter the marathon and half marathon races through “Heroes” charity registration and “Fundraising for Registration” options. Entries are available for a limited time for each race.

HERO entry:  $350, plus the registration fee.

Fundraising for Registration (FFR) entry:  Price is determined by each charity, plus the registration fee.

The best and easiest way to raise money for the Run for a Reason charity program is to create an online fundraising page. Using this page, you will be able to set a fundraising goal, email potential donors, keep track of your donations and send thank you emails.

To create your personal fundraising page, go to the Run for a Reason tab, scroll down to your preferred charity, click on their logo, then select  “Become a Fundraiser” . Enter your information to complete the process and create your fundraising page.

Yes!  Companies, organizations and groups that would like to support an official charity through the Run for a Reason program can do so via our Corporate Running Team or Sidewalk Squad Program. The Corporate Running Team Program is an active way to encourage wellness, team building and charitable giving within your organization and alongside other like-minded companies. By participating in the event and fundraising on behalf of an official Run for a Reason charity partner, a group of three or more team members will receive amenities that will enhance their race weekend experience. The Sidewalk Squad is a unique program that gives companies exposure in, involvement with, and recognition at Texas’ largest marathon in exchange for a tax deductible donation to one of the Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason official charities.

Click here for more information about our Corporate Running Team program.

Click here for more information about our Sidewalk Squad Corporate Partner program.